Pua Kumbu is a traditional handwoven textile from Sarawak, it is created by the Iban people. Pua Kumbu holds significant cultural and ceremonial value and is considered a treasured art form.
Pua Kumbu is meticulously handwoven using a backstrap loom, a traditional weaving tool. Skilled weavers, often women, work with great precision to create intricate patterns and designs. The process involves interlacing colour threads to form the desired motifs.
While Pua Kumbu maintains its traditional significance, contemporary adaptations have emerged. Modern weavers incorporate new designs, colours, and motifs into their creations, blending traditional techniques with contemporary aesthetics. This allows for the continued evolution and relevance of Pua Kumbu in contemporary times.
Pua Kumbu represents the artistry, skill, and cultural heritage of the Iban people. Its intricate designs, rich symbolism, and meticulous craftsmanship make it a highly regarded textile not only within Sarawak but also among art enthusiasts and collectors worldwide.
Written by: Muhammad Hunaizi Bin Hamzah